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UPDATED Mar 2017

Ex Beatle Chas Newby now playing bass with Quarrymen:

Hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby.  When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup.


Quarrymen Gig list for 2017:


Our gig list for  2017 is filling up gradually, at the moment we are talking about possible gigs in Sweden, Spain, Ireland and the Czech Republic.


“The Day John met Paul”   Thursday 6 July 2017

As most of you will know, 2017 is the 60th Anniversary of the Day John met Paul. Their meeting took place during the St. Peter’s Rose Queen and Garden Fete on 6 July 1957. Bishop Martin Primary School in Woolton, St Peter’s Church and Cavern City Tours are getting together to organise a special event on Thursday July 6 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of that momentous day. As soon as we have more details we will put them up here.                                    

“It was Fete” Sat 26 Aug 2017

The event is also being replicated on Sat 26 Aug especially for visitors to Beatle Week 2017, beginning in Woolton at 12:30pm.

At the moment tickets are only available to Beatleweek package customers. More information from www.internationalbeatleweek.com


Jan 16 2017 The Cavern’s 60th Anniversary:

The Cavern opened its doors for the first time on 16 Jan 1957 but the Quarrymen didn’t appear there until some time later, in fact we played there several times in the first half of 1957, mostly as guests on Skiffle Sessions - we were amongst the “special guests” for whose names there was insufficient space in the Cavern’s half-inch high adverts in the Liverpool Echo. That was until August 7 when the Quarrymen were first listed. This is erroneously believed to be our first Cavern appearance.

However we did appear at their 40th Anniversary, which is where we got back together and from where we were invited to take part in the re-enactment of 6 July 1957 by Liverpool Beatles fans, led by Jean Catherall.

At the Cavern’s 60th Anniversary party we were invited to the “Story of the Cavern Club” show at the Liverpool Philharmonic on Sunday 15 Jan and we appeared on stage in the Cavern itself on the evening of Monday 16 Jan. The programme covered the many types of music for which the Cavern had become famous, starting with jazz from the Dany Doris band, the resident group at the Caverne de la Huchette in Paris - the club which inspired Alan Sytner to open his own club in Liverpool. They were followed by a solo set from Gilbert O’Sullivan, making his first ever appearance at the Cavern. Then came the Quarrymen and we enjoyed the assistance of legendary skiffler Chas McDevitt for three numbers. Last up was Chris Farlowe and Supercharge with their blend of R&B and Funk! What a fantastic evening!

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Gigs played in 2016::


Dec 7 Seville, Spain Rod Davis

On Tuesday 7 December in Seville, southern Spain, Quarryman Rod Davis gave his 90 minute talk entitled “John Lennon - The Quarrymen Days” as part of the “XXVII Homenaje a los Beatles” organised by Enrique Sanchez, leader of the Spanish Beatles tribute band “Los Escarabajos”

Delivered in Spanish -  Rod learnt to speak the language at Quarry Bank School and subsequently taught in Liverpool for a few years - his talk was illustrated by slides of fifties Liverpool and the early days of the group and was punctuated by songs with the guitar as the story unfolded. The weather in Seville was fantastic and a large quantity of beer and wine was consumed. Many thanks to Enrique and his friends for a great convention.

Pic below: some midnight drinkies after the show.

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Sat 27 August: Beatle weekend Liverpool:

On Sat 27 August as part of the 2016 Beatle Week the Quarrymen opened the show at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, following on from their successful performance in 2015. This year’s show was entitled “The Early Years Concert (1957 - 1964). Starting with the Quarrymen, the show moved on to the Hamburg years followed by a huge Merseybeat era set with Mike Pender, Billy Kinsley, Terry Sylvester, Ray Ennis and Karl Terry! What a night that was!

On the Sunday morning The Quarrymen - plus their old manager Nige Walley were interviewed by Whispering Bob Harris in front of a large audience in The Adelphi.


July: 1/2/3 Barcelona Beatles Weekend - Len Garry:

Over the weekend of 1/2/3 July Quarryman Len Garry appeared at the Barcelona Beatles weekend with our Finnish guitarist friend Chrisse Usenius.


April: Sat 23 Alcester (near Stratford on Avon)

On Sat 23 April the Quarrymen - Len, Colin, Duff, Rod and Chas - played in Alcester near Stratford on Avon for a “Beatles Night” concert at the Alcester Members Club, as well as their set, composed of skiffle and rock ’n’ roll numbers from the fifties, there was also a Meet & Greet with the opportunity to ask questions. The evening was rounded off by a Beatles set from “The Help Band”!

The Quarrymen with the guys from The Help Band and promoter Scott Lewis after their gig at Alcester.


Hunter Davies’ 80th birthday party::

On Jan 7 at the Groucho Club in London’s Soho the author and journalist Hunter Davies, famous amongst Beatle fans for his biographies of both the Beatles and the Quarrymen (and very many more besides) held his 80th birthday party with family and friends. Hunter invited the Quarrymen to come and help him celebrate and Colin, Rod and bassist Chas Newby were able to make it down to London and delighted the assembled guests with their mixture of skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll. The guys have played for Hunter several times previously and it’s always a fun gig. We hope you had a Happy Birthday, Hunter. It certainly looked that way from where we were standing!